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Aggressive, targeted marketing that included free rooms, Bowlers Journal entries helped 2017 USBC Open Championships reach 10,000 teams
Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:00 am
The United States Bowling Congress is celebrating the 2017 Open Championships reaching 10,000 teams, as it rightly should.   It is the first time that barrier has been crossed since 2013, when...
With start of 2017 Open Championships, USBC posts procedures for protecting lane pattern information
Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:00 pm
The United States Bowling Congress Open Championships started Saturday night at South Point Bowling Plaza with a range of dignitaries competing that included USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy and...
Reader Richard Nettles offers compromise that should satisfy USBC and foes in Open Championships lane pattern issue — but it’s not possible quite yet
Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:00 am
Richard Nettles, an 11thFrame.com subscriber, has come up with an idea that looks like a perfect compromise that should satisfy both the United State Bowling Congress and foes regarding USBC's Open...
Eagle winners says hidden lane patterns don’t mean much change in their Open Championships preparation
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:00 am
A primary reason cited by the United States Bowling Congress in its decision to hide the lane pattern information for the 2017 Open Championships is the perception that those who have been able to...
Update: Extra week added to 2017 USBC Open Championship as team entries approach 10,000
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:00 pm
With the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships headed to the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas in 2017, I was among many predicting that entries would surge well past 10,000...
Rick Ramsey’s BTM, 9-Pin No Tap, 1-2-3 tournaments set for Orleans during USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas
Friday, January 13, 2017 9:00 am
Rick Ramsey’s BTM, 9-Pin No Tap, and 1-2-3 tournaments will be at the Orleans in Las Vegas while the  USBC Open Championships is being held at South Point Bowling Plaza. Ramsey has picked...
Keith Dumphy's Facebook group page remains the best devoted to USBC Open Championships
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 8:00 am
As I’ve written in the past, I’ve never met Keith Dumphy but he feels like an old friend. Keith is the creator of an annual comprehensive Facebook group for the Open Championships that...
USBC offering tournament-long 8-person brackets in addition to — not instead of — daily 8-person brackets at 2017 Open Championships
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 4:00 pm
One of the much-discussed problems with the new 3-division format for the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is what it may do to brackets. The addition of the Standard...
USBC Open Championships VIP program an unchanged solid value; Bowlers Journal Championships to feature fresh oil for all squads
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:00 am
The United States Bowling Congress Open Championships VIP program is a solid enough value that I have bought it every year, and with the features and price the same in 2017 as 2016 I plan to buy it...
Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority hires new CEO
Monday, December 19, 2016 10:00 am
The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Authority, which is in charge of the National Bowling Stadium, has doubled the term of the contract of its new CEO to four years, according to media...
Airport-style moving walkways to help bowlers navigate lengthy walk to South Point Bowling Plaza
Monday, November 21, 2016 8:00 am
As I detailed in this story, South Point Bowling Plaza is a magnificent facility geared for bowlers. But it does have one drawback — the long distance, some of it slightly uphill, to get from...
USBC makes restrictive video policy official for 2017 Open Championships
Sunday, November 20, 2016 11:00 am
The United States Bowling Congress has confirmed what was hinted at and widely expected: with lane patterns being secret, the video policy for the 2017 Open Championships will be far more restrictive...
Mike Shady elected to USBC Hall of Fame; National ballot has 6 men, 2 women
Sunday, November 20, 2016 8:00 am
The last week of April 2017 is going to be very special for our 11thFrame.com team: Before we compete in the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday-Saturday, April 28-29, at...
2022 USBC Open Championships in Houston Astrodome?
Friday, October 7, 2016 10:00 am
Could the 2022 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships end up in the Houston Astrodome? That was the topic of part of Mark London’s “Just Paying Attention” column in the...
Matt McNiel, teammates announce new 2-team group for USBC Open Championships
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:00 am
New United States Bowling Congress Open Championships rules I detailed in this story are sure to lead to some interesting new line-ups for the 2017 tournament  in Las Vegas. One of those...

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